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A new graphic novel telling of a pivotal moment in modern Japanese history--when four American “Black Ships” arrive in Japan in 1853 under the command of Commodore Perry to force Japan to open up to trade. The book compellingly portrays the apprehension and confusion of the Japanese people witnessing the Black Ships steaming into view over the horizon; the anxious response of the samurai; the cat-and-mouse game that ensued; the protracted negotiations; and the eventual agreement signed on March 31st, 1854.
This agreement was the Treaty of Kanagawa. Historically accurate and with an easy-to-read visual format, Black Ships conveys the personalities of the key figures in the drama: on one side, Commodore Perry and his captains, and on the other, Shogunate officials Abe Masahiro and Hayashi Akira. Wilson and Shimojima vividly capture the atmosphere of threat and change that pervaded Japan during Bakumatsu, the final years of the Edo period, as the feudal Tokugawa shogunate took its last breaths and gave way to the new Meiji government.
Handsomely drawn, this is a fascinating time for Japan as their traditional values and combat methods are put to the test with a new, industrial age of sailng steeam-ships, cannons, and a foreign government hell-bent on bringing trade to this rich but somewhat naive society.
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Item Code BLSHI Publisher North Atlantic Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781623170912 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x9 # Pages 106pg Color b&w